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INDUSTRY TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL GOODS

Background Information

The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods (ITAC 2) is comprised of representatives from a broad cross-section of the automotive industry and capital goods industry, and includes associations and producers of automobiles and trucks, automotive components, truck equipment, metalworking machinery, construction equipment, electric industrial apparatus, fabricated plate work, refrigerators and service industry equipment, oil field machinery and equipment, and general industrial machinery.

Members of the ITAC advise the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on trade matters pursuant to section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations regarding trade barriers and negotiations under section 2103 of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting its sector. They also perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR. Members have provided advice on various issues, including: steel safeguard and steel prices; the Byrd Amendment; free trade agreements with Australia, Central America, Chile, Morocco, Bahrain, the Dominica Republic, and Singapore; the Free Trade Area of the Americas; the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round of trade negotiations; and other regional and bilateral trade agreements. Particular issues of concern to the ITAC are rules-of-origin, market access, intellectual property rights, and energy services.

Eligibility for Membership

The Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative jointly administer the work of sixteen Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) and a Committee of Chairs through the Industry Trade Advisory Center. Eligibility to serve as an advisor on ITAC 2 is limited to U.S. citizens representing U.S. manufacturing or service firms from the automotive equipment or capital goods sectors. While Committee members are expected to provide advice to the U.S. Government as representatives of their industry sector, each member must also serve, directly or indirectly, as the representative of a U.S. entity that trades internationally and is engaged in the manufacture of a product or the provision of a service (including retailing and other distribution services), or an association of such entities. Additional information on membership can be found on the Industry Trade Advisory Centerís website at www.trade.gov/itac or by contacting:

The Industry Trade Advisory Center
Room 4043
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
phone: (202) 482-3268;
fax: (202) 482-4452
e-mail: Trade_Advisory_Center@trade.gov

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